Cardamom, or green cardamom is a member of the ginger family, native to India and Sri Lanka and used for medicinal and culinary purposes, occasionally smoked. It is a low growing leafy plant that thrives in tropical jungles floors, with long, sword shaped leaves reaching upwards of 2 metres in height. Its seed pod, triangular in cross-section and spindle-shaped, with a green outer shell and small black seeds. Cardamom has a strong, unique taste, with an intensely aromatic, resinous fragrance. In South Asia, green cardamom is a characteristic flavour often used in traditional Indian sweets and in chai tea.